Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, September 24, 2014


Q&A: Vancouver Art/Book Fair founder Tracy Stefanucci. “Next week, art-book creators from across Canada and abroad will arrive in Vancouver for Artists Book Week and the third annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair (Oct. 3–5). Taking its inspiration from international events like Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair and the London Art Book Fair, VA/BF is the only one of its kind in Canada. VA/BF is an initiative led by Project Space’s Tracy Stefanucci.” Quill & Quire, September 23, 2014. The Vancouver Art Gallery Library will have tables at the VA/BF—drop by for a visit.

Art this week: The Reach, David Wilson’s Intersections and American Beauty. Arts events this week: Marian Penner Bancroft, Jude Griebel + Dana Holst, and Marcia Pitch at The Reach, Intersections: David Wilson at Kimoto Gallery and Philip Jarmain’s American Beauty at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery. Vancouver Sun, September 24, 2014

Alert Bay

First Nations bird mask stolen from shed in Alert Bay. A unique First Nations bird mask has been stolen during a break-and-enter at an Alert Bay property. Alert Bay RCMP said the mask, which has cultural and historical significance to the Kwakwaka’wakw people, was taken from a shed on Cormorant Island on Friday. Times Colonist, September 24, 2014


Nuit Blanche needs changes to survive. “After the third Nuit Blanche, which wrapped up early Sunday morning, I came home with a slightly heavy heart, and now I wonder if the pop-up festival of art on the streets is losing momentum in the capital, and whether changes are needed if there’s to be a fourth and a fifth.” Ottawa Citizen, September 22, 2014


Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary. “Geoffrey James‘s new book Inside Kingston Penitentiary, out October 1, and in James’s related exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston until December 7. The Kingston Pen, of course, closed in 2013 after some 180 years as one of Canada’s most notorious maximum-security facilities. Here, Geoffrey James speaks with Rosie Prata about his unprecedented images of the jail, his interactions with inmates and officials there, and his unexpected learnings along the way.” Canadian Art, September 23, 2014

Time Served. Geoffrey James photographs the final chapter of Canada’s most notorious prison, Kingston Penitentiary. The Walrus, October 2014

San Francisco

@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon. “The big man of Beijing’s new show fills the former prison with a giant rainbow dragon and Lego models of 175 prisoners of conscience, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden. The artist’s bravery and commitment are extraordinary.” The Guardian, September 24, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI

New ArtPrize voting structure emphasizes public versus juror debate. “For the first time this year, the public votes and juried votes will run along parallelled tracks. Both the jury and the public will be mulling over the same four categories, awarding prizes with the same amount of money for each category at $20,000 and awarding an equal Grand Prize of $200,000.” The Rapidian, September 24, 2014


Why getting it wrong is the future of design. “It was a “major creative breakthrough for me—the idea that intentional wrongness could yield strangely pleasing results. Of course I was familiar with the idea of rule-breaking innovation—that each generation reacts against the one that came before it, starting revolutions, turning its back on tired conventions. But this was different. I wasn’t just throwing out the rulebook and starting from scratch. I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.” – Scott Dadich The Wire, September 22, 2014

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